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Mythbusters: Travel Lies We Tell Ourselves

1. Travelers are the ones who “really live”.  Happiness and adventure are a mindset. If you want adventure, change your routine. If you want happiness, hunt it down. A fantastic life is staring you right in the face, waiting to be embraced. You do not need to travel to the far corners of the earth to live a passion-filled, exciting life.  That is a mindset you must adopt and actively pursue. Live your life on purpose.

2.  Countdown until vacation. It is perfectly acceptable to plan and be excited for your next vacation. However, do not idolize the trip to the extent that you miss the joys of everyday life.

3. Vacation is the week to let go. The other 51 weeks of your year are meant to be enjoyed, celebrated, and lived just as fully as that week.  Eat dessert, wake up to see the sunrise, try new things, and read the novel you have been saving.

4.  Vacation will bring contentment. Vacation should not be what you are living for. Don’t fall victim to staking your happiness in your next vacation and grumbling for weeks after it is over. Daily life is an incredible blessing and meant to be enjoyed. Be a blessing to others. If it is within you power to change your circumstances, do so. Your happiness depends on it.

5. Travel will help you “find yourself”.   You are the same “you” whether you are in Ho Chi Minh or at home.  If you feel lost in self-identity or career path, do not buy into the Eat, Pray, Love paradigm. That paradigm being that you need to quit your job and travel for 12 months to a far-flung country to find the man of your dreams and the life you always wanted. Make time for quiet and work first on being honest with yourself.  A change of scenery may do you good, but it does not need to be drastic.

Related Articles:

How Traveling Helps Me to Live a Happier and More Grateful Everyday Life

What are other travel myths? Which do you buy into? Comment below!

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9 responses

  1. Nice post Natalie! Totally agree with you, got to “live in the now!”

    March 27, 2012 at 9:43 AM

  2. Kaiulani

    I learned some lessons from this one! Johnny and Virginia would really love this!!

    March 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    • Thanks for reading Kaiulani! If you feel compelled, share it with them! Enjoy the day 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

  3. Great stuff Nat! Thanks!

    March 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

  4. Great article! I completely agree.. Have shared on twitter 🙂

    April 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    • Thank you for reading! I look forward to reading more about your adventures!

      April 3, 2012 at 3:58 PM

  5. Absolutely!

    April 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    • Thanks Ana, and thank you for following the blog! I’m really looking forward to talking more about travel with you!

      April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

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